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Why You Might Be Interested In Marlin Business Services Corp. (NASDAQ:MRLN) For Its Upcoming Dividend

Simply Wall St
·3 mins read

Marlin Business Services Corp. (NASDAQ:MRLN) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 3 days. Investors can purchase shares before the 7th of February in order to be eligible for this dividend, which will be paid on the 20th of February.

Marlin Business Services's upcoming dividend is US$0.14 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$0.56 per share to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Marlin Business Services has a trailing yield of 2.8% on the current stock price of $19.7. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.

See our latest analysis for Marlin Business Services

Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. Marlin Business Services paid out a comfortable 25% of its profit last year.

Companies that pay out less in dividends than they earn in profits generally have more sustainable dividends. The lower the payout ratio, the more wiggle room the business has before it could be forced to cut the dividend.

Click here to see how much of its profit Marlin Business Services paid out over the last 12 months.

NasdaqGS:MRLN Historical Dividend Yield, February 3rd 2020
NasdaqGS:MRLN Historical Dividend Yield, February 3rd 2020

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Businesses with strong growth prospects usually make the best dividend payers, because it's easier to grow dividends when earnings per share are improving. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. With that in mind, we're encouraged by the steady growth at Marlin Business Services, with earnings per share up 8.1% on average over the last five years.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Since the start of our data, eight years ago, Marlin Business Services has lifted its dividend by approximately 11% a year on average. We're glad to see dividends rising alongside earnings over a number of years, which may be a sign the company intends to share the growth with shareholders.

To Sum It Up

Has Marlin Business Services got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? Marlin Business Services has seen its earnings per share grow slowly in recent years, and the company reinvests more than half of its profits in the business, which generally bodes well for its future prospects. Overall, Marlin Business Services looks like a promising dividend stock in this analysis, and we think it would be worth investigating further.

Want to learn more about Marlin Business Services's dividend performance? Check out this visualisation of its historical revenue and earnings growth.

If you're in the market for dividend stocks, we recommend checking our list of top dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Thank you for reading.